June 2, 2010 at 4:23 pm (Bollywood Unlimited)

I really want to write on ‘friendship’ or ‘relationship’ for a while but not getting the right words to get my thought s across. So writing on a different subject … “Kites”. I watched the movie the very first day. I have done it for the first time in last 15 years. After moving to USA it was just so hard as not any theater playing any Bollywood movie. Days have changed. There are more than 1 theater in the town which play Indian movies. You will find listing online, in the local news paper. Coming back to “kites”…I have been waiting for this movie ever since they make an announcement about making one.

Yes, the movie did not get any good reviews but I LOVED the movie. Think of it is the old recipe with new and better presentation. All acted well. Chemistry is good between those two and slick direction. Songs, done well. KK rocks too with ‘zindagi, do pal ki’ and ‘dil kuon yeh mera’ (Hirtik TRIED singing (kites, in the sky)for the first time and should be the last time…) Of course I watched the remix version made for US so not sure how slow it gets in Indian version, as at times it felt like that in remixed version. And totally agree there were a couple of glitches (Kabir Bedi: las Vegas ki government meri jeb me hai…O, Come on! No body is going to buy that! And the way Hirtik fools American police …no way!) in the story line but yet beautiful made move.

So what if it is a remake of old hindi move (not disclosing name here for those who have not watched it, it would spoil it for them) and Hirtik is attacking back critics with the similar dialogue which director of that old movie used for good remarks. So old movie director said “we have been giving Idli Dhosa, now that we give Dal-chawal we knew people would like it”. And this is what Hirtik is telling this. So what it is a copy cat, ‘nakal me bhi akkal chahiye’. Deep love has been depicted so well. I would say it is a must watch movie for those who have been in love (‘in love’ is different from ‘loving somebody’. So if you never fall in love, might not understand this) Passion shown so nicely.

First scene of the movie talks about kites and why this movie is named “kites’. When the movie ends you will know it is well justified.

Go with no expectation whether it is a bollywood flick or made for western people…just take it as it comes while watching and I assure you, you will enjoy the romance.


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Some of my favorite oldies (note, I have not listed all)

October 9, 2009 at 7:34 pm (Bollywood Unlimited)

Some of my favorite oldies (note, I have not listed all) Since Alam Ara, so many movies came and went. So many music directors, list will go on forever. Plethora of songs ( I recall ‘indrasabha’ had 108 songs in the movie). Some leave life-long impressions and some are forgotten well before the new movie gets released. A.R.Rahman is the most popular music director now a days and no doubt he makes good tunes and music. I seem to get over it over the period of time. Music today is not something I want to hear again and again. I love to go back to oldies though. For some reason it is soothing. Is it because no digital recording, no electronic instrument, no/less editing….i do not know….but today I felt like listening to oldies and following are first few popped in mind. Again, like title I repeat, this is not the complete list. Also, I am kind of limiting to happy/romantic mood.

So many songs would have been picturised in the rain. As the year number got bigger, clothes got skimpier. With full clothes on, it is the most provoking rain-song, Even when I just listen and not watch, music beats does it all.

Fast musical rhythm, slow tune….just honey to my ears. And the pair does its magic again (actors and singers 🙂 ) ….I say no more….

Never heard of such a beautiful imagination from any lyricist…not even from Javed or Gulzar. And mukesh’s voice just adds right amount of romance with little flavor of seriousness. And I do not need to talk about the picturization, do i? Simply great!

    Kahe jhoom jhoom rat yeh suhani:</ul> So Dipika Padukone says “two flower bobbing days are gone, kiss is a new trend” but there is so much more romance in seeing flowers with such romantic words than watching real lip-locking. Just listen to Lata’s sweet voice and enjoy the calming effects.

    I have no reasoning….just love it

    Voice is so full of sadness and romance. What a unique combination. And the tune variation…omg, yet the harmony through out the song. And If you have seen the movie, it concludes the movie so well. A true masterpiece!
    ‘umango me jab na tuje pa saki, dhoondthi hu tumhe me gam ki tarngo me…’ words are so meaningful

    and the list will go on, I will stop here today, will pick it up some other time with other songs. But here is my new favorite, A.R.Rahman did it again…..he brought a new concept. folk-song wordings and tune, mixed with latest hip wording in back-ground…marvelous. But to make my point again, this song is truly amazing, new heights of imaginations in wording, in tune (have not seen it yet so not sure about picturization), unique in a way old music is mixed with new trend music…..marvelous singers – madhushree- Udit. all the good stuff in there yet not soothing….like an old song would be. Why?

    PS: I could not find two songs i was hoping to add
    1) Khoobsurat Haseena…Kishore Kumar and Kumkum (i think)
    2) Jadoogar mere saiya, dil jayega bachake kahan…Sanjeev Kumar and Vaheeda rahman

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October 1, 2009 at 4:26 pm (Bollywood Unlimited)

…on Oprah, what’s so big deal? Well, they never appeared together for interviewed after marriage, first off-movie kiss on Oprah, they have billions of fans and Aish comes in Saree, so it IS a big deal. Totally enchanting interview, I enjoyed it and I hope you would too.

What I liked

 1) Aish was dressed in Saree (she was presenting our country and she made the right choice by wearing saree. If she went to Oscar and dressed for occasion – in western clothes, I can understand. Even if she was wearing non-indian dress in India for one of events, I can still understand because one may have preference of style or feel comfortable in or just wants to dress up differently, any reason. At Oprah, she was there as Indian Big B town star and saree was the most appropriate dressing….way to go Aish

2) I like the way Abhi answered questions, very funny…especially “living with parents? How does that work?” and “come out to Chicago on Oprah”

3) Oprah’s style of interacting and presence of mind…especially “look in the mirror and say ‘Damn!…’….” after Aish answers that question.

4) Over all interview, very entertaining

What I did not like

1) I am glad she wore saree but Aish’s saree, it was nice saree, but looked so dull from far away, perfect for party where you will be with people in close proximity where people can admire that little work, that little red strip, matching red earrings. In place like Oprah show, it needs something bold, that people can see from far away

 2) Why the heck Abhi was dress how he was dressed….? No kurta for him? What’s up with hairstyle and little bit of beard (though it is his style) he looked like he just came out of bed.

3) Answers were really good, enjoyed the interview but it seemed rehearsed/prepared at many times

 4) Aish trying to speak with American accent…..it felt so fake, so did her laugh at times, and fake ‘O my god’ when people were being beaten up outside their marriage location, fake ‘we did not know’, yeah I bet they did not know then but must have seen afterwards….anyways…

5) Also, for some reason I felt Aish was letting Abhi lead it to answer, not sure why. Is Abhi very dominating or may be he is better at handling media than Aish is, or just Aish is letting all attention drive towards him so that he also feels his importance instead of just seeing Aish’s praise all around. You know what I mean, may be Aish was just avoiding ‘Abhiman’ to happen all over again….Also when a person from China who does tele-conf. is taking about Aish only w.r.t. her movie and asking her to come to China, Aish answers back in plural….’we…’. What’s up with that?

Yet really enchanting interview if you are Aish-shek fan! So without further ado….here are the video links, enjoy





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Game of words

July 17, 2009 at 6:38 pm (Bollywood Unlimited)

Really, it is not a word-game, but actually it is game of words when it comes to writing lyrics for Bollywood movies.

Here I would like to discuss some words which are unheard of – rarely in use and yet end up hearing them in some songs….then we wonder whatever they mean?

Lutf kya uski ashiqui main hai? –> what does lutf mean – enjoyment

(song from Gajini: Lattu, Lattu http://utube.smashits.com/video/UEfluJik5Tw/Latoo-Ghajini-HQ-FULL-MUSIC-VIDEO-SONG-STARRING-JIAH-KHAN.html)

(remember : Luft is Sanskrit word and has totally different meaning – air, same in German too.  Lufthansa – can be Sanskrit or German word – mean air-bird… 🙂

Akl-o-hosh nami danam – who needs now ‘akkal’ or ‘hosh’. intellignece – brain or consiousness does not matter any more

(Om Shanti OM: Diwangi Diwangi )

I will add more as I come across, share your list…

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